No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice

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“Add No Vulgar Hotel to the list of books you must read before you come to Venice.”—Donna Leon
This is the definitive book for managing an incurable passion for a decaying, water-logged village. Whether you already have a raging case of Venetophilia or are among the fifteen million people who yearly put themselves in danger of contracting it, here is where you get your fix of Venetian wit, history, practicality, and enchantment.

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Overview

“Add No Vulgar Hotel to the list of books you must read before you come to Venice.”—Donna Leon
This is the definitive book for managing an incurable passion for a decaying, water-logged village. Whether you already have a raging case of Venetophilia or are among the fifteen million people who yearly put themselves in danger of contracting it, here is where you get your fix of Venetian wit, history, practicality, and enchantment.

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Editorial Reviews

Pamela Paul
Reading her book, with its captivating mini-histories of Venetian literary salons, families of note and artists in residence, is like attending a gossipy Continental dinner party, in which Martin not only plays the hostess but moonlights as various guests (the garrulous raconteur, the imperious know-it-all, the great-aunt who doesn’t realize her listener hasn’t a clue whom she’s talking about). Though her artfully coiffed prose can run a bit precious and long, for the most part she enlightens and entertains. The best books on Venice, as Martin says, “deftly mix the past with the personal present in a spirit of light scholarship.” Not only does Martin know what she likes, she knows how to serve it.
— The New York Times
Library Journal
According to Miss Manners herself, it is entirely appropriate to whoop it up for Venice. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393059328
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/19/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the “Miss Manners” columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

Eric Denker is a Senior Lecturer in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Art History at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     9
Acknowledgments     11
You're A Tourist and I'm Not     15
Getting Your Feet Wet     55
Great Moments in Venetian History     94
Venice with Your Imaginary Friend     130
Adopt Your Landlord     169
Venice Depicted     205
Going Overboard     244
Bridging the Sighs     277
Credits     315
Index     319
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    A mockery of the soul - by a confessed lagoonatic

    I confess. I have a poster-sized repro of the 1500 deBarbari hanging on the wall of my study and I fly the standard of San Marco at my house. If you have Venice in the marrow of your bones as I do, you will probably laugh and cry your way through the meandering narration of this book. However, I would not recommend this to the novice. It is too esoteric and self-indulgent for the average tourist guide. You decide.

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

    Best book on Venice

    Not the best history or guide or pictures (b&w), but best overall. A Venice fanatic's personal, fact strewn, witty, and insightful guide to the beloved. It tosses in a bit of everything. History, of course: Literary & artistic & some musical history and standard Venetian history with lots of well told anecdotes. What it's like to live there now. Such practical matters as eating, traghettos, dogs, and hats.
    And Judith Martin, who is also "Miss Manners," seems to have read a lot of books and seen a lot of movies and art and buildings and talked to a lot of people about Venice, and has ready and piquant commentary. So, this is a good book to get leads.
    So, a quick sample: "Venice has been credited with inventing practically everything that makes life worth living (or not), including opera, factories, mirrors, quarantines, bleached hair, double-entry bookkeeping, lotteries, paperback books, casinos, regattas, roof terraces, assembly lines, improv comedy, platform shoes, social walkers and women's team sports. Many of these, Venetians actually did invent..." For the rest, turn to page 121.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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